Brackley Town v Peterborough Sports (National League North)
Brackley go into this game after spending the whole of October unbeaten, a run they will be looking to continue in the evening. Callum Stead currently sits as Brackley’s top scorer, scoring 5 goals in 15 games – not the best of records but it’s their defensive efforts that have allowed them to be three points off the top. They’ve conceded only 13 goals this season, the 3rd best in the league. This game is crucial for Brackley, a win would allow them to level their points with top of the table King’s Lynn (despite the league leaders having 2 games in hand.) Dropping points here would allow the Linnets to run away with things. The home advantage they have, alongside the 6 game unbeaten run that they’re on, should allow them to win this one comfortably.
Peterborough Sports have been on awful form recently, gaining 2 points from their last three games and haven’t scored a goal in their last 4 games (all competitions.) When playing away from home, Boro have only won one game of a possible 6 – that win coming in mid-August. They shouldn’t cause too much trouble for the home side here, especially when you consider both teams’ form. A huge cause of this has been the injury of Jordan Nicholson, their top scorer who broke his leg in September. Since then, they’ve struggled to find a proven goalscorer.
Brackley will be incredibly disappointed if they come away with anything other than a win here. If they want to compete for promotion, games like this need to be won. Alongside that, their impeccable defensive record should remain quite comfortable when their opposition has their most prolific player injured.
Bath City v Chelmsford City (National League South)
With only 5 points between them, this game is certainly shaping up to be a very well matched fixture. Bath have had some incredibly rocky form recently, winning only three of their last 9 games although maintaining their place in the play-off spots. Their goal scoring has been fantastic this season, with Cody Cooke scoring 11 in 14 and Alex Fletcher scoring 7 in 15. Despite poor form and strong opposition, they should be at least getting themselves on the scoresheet in a home fixture like this. Defensively they’ve been poor, conceding 22 goals which is the worst from all the teams in playoff positions. You can expect Bath to go into this game with the mentality of scoring more than they concede.
Chelmsford go into this game being the better team out of the two, their recent form has been incredibly strong – losing only two games this season. Charlie Ruff is their top scorer with 5 goals in 12 games, although their defensive records is what have put them in this position. The issue here is that Bath are one of the hardest teams to stop from scoring. Especially considering their style of play which looks to score as many as possible.
I feel as though both teams to score is very likely here. Bath are at home and have a track record of scoring week in week out with both Cody Cooke and Alex Fletcher being on top form. Chelmsford are far more consistent in picking up points and should easily find gaps in the Bath defence.
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